Once you have chosen a funeral home, a funeral director will notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) that the death has occurred. Death benefits granted by the SSA may be available in the form of a one-time payment or, in some instances, monthly benefits. Your funeral home of choice can assist you in filing the proper paperwork with the SSA. For more information on Social Security benefits, please visit their website.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs can assist with burial and cremation costs for both service and non-service related deaths. Typically they will reimburse expenses after they've been paid to your funeral home of choice, up to a certain amount determined by the VA. Your funeral home of choice can assist you in filing the proper paperwork with the VA. For more information on what is covered, please visit the VA Burial Benefits website.
For information on burials in a National Cemetery, information on grave markers and burial flags, as well as information about VA pre-need arrangements, please visit the National Cemetery Administration website.
Through the Crime Victims Compensation Program (CVCP), the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries offers financial assistance with costs associated with the burial, cremation, cemetery plot, headstone, and funeral service expenses of victims of homicide that occurred in Washington. For more information on eligibility, please visit the CVCP website.